Cape Town - Korea’s Jin Young Ko has been named 2018’s Rookie of the
Year, the LPGA announced on Tuesday.
Ko was crowned with four events of the season remaining after
her nearest rival, England's Georgia Hall, opted to miss all three tournaments
on the tour’s Asian swing, leaving Ko (1 137 points) with an unassailable lead
of 383 points.
The 23-year old becomes the fourth straight Korean winner of
the award after compatriots Sei Young Kim (2015), In Gee Chun (2016) and Sung
Hyun Park (2017).
Twelve Koreans have won the award since Se-ri Pak became the
first in 1998.
“I feel honoured to clinch the Rookie of the Year award here
on the LPGA tour,” said Ko in a statement. “I really enjoyed my first season on
the LPGA and I am looking forward to having another energetic season next
Ko joined the LPGA after winning the KEB Hana Bank
Championship in 2017 as a non-member.
She became only the second ever player on the LPGA to win
her debut tournament as a member when she won the Women’s Australian Open in
So far this season Ko has 11 top-10 finishes, including a T2
at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open and T3 at the Ladies Scottish Open.
She will receive the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year award
at the 2018 Rolex LPGA Awards in Florida on November 15.